This Community Post was written by Educational Theatre Company (ETC) and underwritten by The Fred Schnider Investment Group/Fred Schnider Gallery of Art and Embracing Arlington Arts supporter Annie Sweeney.
Did you know Arlington has a vibrant community of teen filmmakers? For the past 10 years, ETC has helped these students bring their creative visions to life!
Students in the ETC-on-Film program write, direct, shoot and edit original short films which are then posted on ETC’s Youtube page.
Summer film camps focus on a variety of disciplines. Intro to Film offers a first look at filmmaking to 3rd-5th graders. Shake the Screen gives teens the opportunity to adapt works from the public domain. Camp Comedy combines students (3rd-12th grade) to create a mix of silent films and original movie musicals.
During the school year, middle and high school students can join ETC-on-Film club. This after school program (Mondays from 3-6 p.m.) is available to students of all levels — those who have taken ETC’s programming before and want to delve deeper in film techniques, or those with a passing interest in filmmaking.
ETC-on-Film has impacted many students who didn’t realize film was a medium they were interested in! Several ETC students have even won awards at Arlington Student Film Festivals.
A longtime ETC film student writes, “I learned about time management. I learned about communication. I learned to look at the world differently and to see beauty in everyday events.”
For information on ETC’s film programming, visit: https://www.educationaltheatrecompany.org/etc-on-film.